Grosses

Weekend Estimates: 'The Boss' ($23.48M) & 'Batman v Superman' ($23.44M) in Tight Race for First Place; 'Hardcore Henry' ($5.10M) Arrives SoftlyApril 10, 2016 09:42 AM

by Daniel Garris

It was an extremely close race between Universal's The Boss and Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for first place this weekend. The Boss is currently estimated to come out ahead with $23.48 million, but with an estimated lead of only $45,000, either film could ultimately end up in first place this weekend.

Regardless of whether or not it ends up in first place this weekend, The Boss outpaced expectations and performed well with its modest price tag in mind. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy also proved to be critic-proof this weekend. The film's opening weekend performance was 9 percent ahead of the $21.58 million opening weekend of 2014's Tammy (though it should be noted that Tammy's opening weekend take was softened by a Wednesday debut) and 19 percent below the $29.09 million debut of last year's Spy (it should be noted that The Boss had been widely expected to open below Spy). With this weekend's performance of The Boss, McCarthy continues to remain one of the more consistent box office draws in recent years. McCarthy will next appear in Sony's Ghostbusters, which arrives on July 15.

The Boss started out with $8.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $985,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 20 percent on Saturday to take in $9.73 million and is estimated to decline 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.64 million. That gave the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. The Boss skewed heavily toward female moviegoers (67 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 35 (51 percent). Audience reception to The Boss appears to be lackluster as the film received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and current has a Flixster audience score of just 50 percent. With that in mind, it's quite possible that The Boss won't hold up as well going forward as McCarthy's previous hits have. On the other hand, the film's mentioned strong Saturday hold is an early encouraging sign.

After leading the box office for the past two weeks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell to a close second place this weekend with an estimated $23.44 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill continued to fall off sharply, as the film was down 54 percent from last weekend. Batman v Superman is now on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 17-day take of $296.69 million. However, as a result of its soft holding power thus far, Batman v Superman is now running just 1 percent ahead of the $294.51 million 17-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 51 percent in its third weekend to gross $29.16 million). With that in mind, Batman v Superman will soon fall behind the pace of Furious 7, especially with Disney's highly anticipated The Jungle Book entering the marketplace this coming Friday.

While Batman v Superman continued to decline sharply this weekend, Disney's Zootopia continued to display strong holding power with an estimated third place take of $14.35 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film was down just 26 percent from last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Zootopia registered the eighth largest sixth weekend gross of all-time. Zootopia is also on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 38-day take of $296.01 million. The film is now running just 8 percent behind the $320.39 million 38-day take of last year's Inside Out and will continue to make up ground in that comparison going forward. Zootopia already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.94 to 1.

Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 placed in fourth with an estimated $6.42 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was down 43 percent, as the film took a hit from the debut The Boss this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform towards the higher end of expectations with a 17-day take of $46.75 million. That places the film 6 percent behind the $49.59 million 17-day gross of last year's The Intern (which fell just 26 percent in its third weekend to take in $8.68 million). My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hope to re-stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Boss behind it.

Hardcore Henry rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.10 million. The low-budget action film from STX Entertainment opened below pre-release expectations and delivered a lackluster per-location average of $1,690 from just 3,015 locations. The trailer for Hardcore Henry had gone over well, especially online, but that reception ultimately failed to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. Hardcore Henry delivered the lowest debut for STX Entertainment to date in the distributor's young history. The film opened with $2.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $380,000 from Thursday night shows), declined a concerning 7 percent on Saturday to gross $1.87 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to take in $1.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a fairly front-loaded 2.54 to 1. Much like The Boss, Hardcore Henry doesn't appear to be going over all that well with moviegoers. Hardcore Henry also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and has a respectable current Flixster audience score of 66 percent.

Faith-based films Miracles from Heaven and God's Not Dead 2 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.80 million and $4.05 million. Sony's Miracles from Heaven was down a very solid 34 percent this weekend, while God's Not Dead 2 was down a sizable 47 percent. Miracles from Heaven passed the $50 million mark this weekend and continues to perform nicely with $53.81 million in 26 days. God's Not Dead 2 has been far less impressive with $13.84 million in ten days and clearly isn't duplicating the word of mouth or the performance of its predecessor, 2014's God's Not Dead, which grossed $21.75 million in its first ten days after falling just 4.5 percent in its second weekend to take in $8.80 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Oct. 22 - Sun, Oct. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$40,678,424--3,216--$12,649$40,678,4241Paramount
2Jackass 3D$21,313,815-58%3,11130$6,851$86,861,0412Paramount
3Red (2010)$15,034,916-31%3,27318$4,594$43,518,1852Summit
4Hereafter$12,018,1475355%2,1812175$5,510$12,333,5042Warner Bros.
5The Social Network$7,276,972-29%2,92153$2,491$72,907,7284Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$7,001,159-25%3,10836$2,253$37,444,0683Disney
7Life As We Know It$6,136,454-31%3,019-131$2,033$37,601,8353Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$3,248,019-23%2,236-266$1,453$50,244,7335Warner Bros.
9The Town$2,749,090-31%1,918-450$1,433$84,681,6146Warner Bros.
10Easy A$1,748,906-34%1,632-682$1,072$54,784,1486Sony / Screen Gems
11Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,244,851-47%1,255-790$992$50,001,9865Fox
12My Soul to Take$1,072,515-66%1,689-840$635$13,985,7953Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$774,5024%290108$2,671$3,704,2805Paramount Vantage
2Alpha and Omega$727,103-12%727-242$1,000$23,512,8756Lionsgate
3It's Kind of a Funny Story$677,162-45%560-197$1,209$5,109,1893Focus
4You Again$650,902-46%901-687$722$24,051,0835Disney
5Devil$642,035-34%642-249$1,000$32,437,9256Universal
6N-Secure$551,096-53%445-41$1,238$1,964,4772Freestyle
7Inception$500,14044%452155$1,107$290,381,26415Warner Bros.
8Toy Story 3$472,842-12%3500$1,351$413,485,96519Disney
9You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$432,01657%402284$1,075$1,839,0125Sony Pictures Classics
10Case 39$410,404-66%721-685$569$12,711,9344Paramount Vantage
11Despicable Me$370,9557%324-8$1,145$247,519,95016Universal
12Stone$361,14057%11372$3,196$785,1133Relativity / Overture
13Let Me In$261,932-68%513-698$511$11,621,0844Relativity / Overture
14The Other Guys$242,523117%303129$800$118,486,41912Sony / Columbia
15Nowhere Boy$213,494-37%2150$993$767,0653Weinstein Company
16Never Let Me Go$191,244-42%178-54$1,074$2,004,2776Fox Searchlight
17Catfish$166,404-21%13923$1,197$2,879,7426Universal / Rogue
18Resident Evil: Afterlife$137,502-60%213-225$646$60,001,1247Sony / Screen Gems
19Mao's Last Dancer$126,715-16%102-14$1,242$4,196,12010Samuel Goldwyn
20Takers$119,305-36%150-65$795$57,263,4809Sony / Screen Gems
21Eat Pray Love$102,788-42%174-129$591$80,467,50411Sony / Columbia
22Salt$77,609-48%125-75$621$118,311,36814Sony / Columbia
23Nanny McPhee Returns$76,450-25%150-55$510$28,995,45010Universal
24Step Up 3D$70,099679%113103$620$42,332,16412Disney
25I Want Your Money$41,789-83%172-365$243$390,3522Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$303,135196%5544$5,512$444,2582Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$182,2414%60-1$3,037$17,101,89732Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Inside Job$162,57090%2414$6,774$348,3833Sony Pictures Classics
4Buried$57,491-56%88-15$653$885,4545Lionsgate
5Lottery Ticket$55,083-38%92-46$599$24,663,55010Warner Bros.
6Grown Ups$54,902-29%87-27$631$162,001,18618Sony / Columbia
7Under the Sea 3D$52,80214%160$3,300$24,577,99389Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Salvation Poem$51,228199%116$4,657$277,8622CanZion Films
9Tamara Drewe$46,114135%2010$2,306$107,0113Sony Pictures Classics
10Howl$41,6097%266$1,600$332,9845Oscilloscope
11The American$32,031-55%76-68$421$35,562,1138Focus
12Carlos$32,01260%75$4,573$60,1392IFC
13Get Low$30,885-44%60-36$515$8,967,03113Sony Pictures Classics
14The Sorcerer's Apprentice$28,415-43%39-38$729$63,143,81215Disney
15Vampires Suck$24,678-42%54-33$457$36,623,44910Fox
16Avatar$24,29954%9-1$2,700$760,375,01845Fox
17Ramona and Beezus$23,733-13%42-12$565$26,122,72314Fox
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$21,620-15%33-11$655$7,563,66816Music Box
19Machete$21,290-54%0-96--$26,519,9618Fox
20Enter the Void$18,6159%108$1,862$206,9505IFC Films
21The Tillman Story$18,30548%247$763$715,17010Weinstein Company
22What If...$17,535-10%255$701$672,38610Five & Two Pictures
23The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$17,51766%90$1,946$579,43412National Geographic
24Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$17,27051%43$4,318$38,6602Zeitgeist Films
25Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$17,1596303%31$5,720$486,18325Kino International
26Last Train Home$14,84372%148$1,060$192,8838Zeitgeist Films
27Heartbreaker$14,293-18%18-12$794$422,5137IFC
28Anjaana Anjaani$13,393-71%910$147$854,7574Eros
29Jack Goes Boating$12,417-53%35-14$355$453,5956Relativity / Overture
30Like Dandelion Dust$11,932-62%13-18$918$334,5605Blue Collar Releasing
31The Switch (2010)$11,189-47%26-32$430$27,565,18410Miramax
32A Film Unfinished$9,80493%73$1,401$259,33410Oscilloscope
33My Dog Tulip$8,51720%4-1$2,129$91,0558New Yorker Films
34Animal Kingdom$8,259-20%13-6$635$949,43211Sony Pictures Classics
35I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$8,180-52%8-3$1,023$83,5593Anchor Bay
36Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,13521%20$4,068$23,349,238160National Geographic
37Deep Sea 3D$7,9213%30$2,640$43,834,939243Warner Bros. / IMAX
38I Am Love$7,654-16%8-2$957$4,976,21219Magnolia
39Cairo Time$6,006-36%11-13$546$1,571,08112IFC
40Lovely, Still$5,662-37%80$708$116,7647Monterey Media
41Kings of Pastry$5,252-33%91$584$124,3656First Run
42Freakonomics$4,811-55%142$344$78,9014Magnolia
43Soul Kitchen$4,17023%11-5$379$262,50310IFC
44Winter's Bone$3,837-65%18-16$213$6,200,83620Roadside Attractions
452012: Time for Change$3,790-67%1-1$3,790$63,5162Mangusta Productions
46The Concert$3,773-34%5-4$755$646,77114Weinstein Company
47Leaving$3,634-49%6-1$606$61,0094IFC
48Mademoiselle Chambon$3,563-50%4-3$891$489,75122Lorber
49The Taqwacores$3,532--1--$3,532$3,5321Strand Releasing
50The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$3,472346%5-1$694$10,078,33532Music Box
51Lebanon$3,2749%12-2$273$352,46254Sony Pictures Classics
52Inhale$3,030--2--$1,515$3,0301IFC
53Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,820203%50$564$398,49518Sony Pictures Classics
54I'm Still Here$2,33116%51$466$406,4307Magnolia
55Fool for Love (2010)$2,311-54%4-1$578$162,9397Variance Films
56Piranha 3D$2,248-81%5-23$450$24,979,88410Weinstein Company
57Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$2,197-41%3-3$732$245,1688Music Box
58A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$2,123-41%6-11$354$168,9478Sony Pictures Classics
59Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,922-54%20$961$3,288,69928Producers Distribution Agency
60Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,870-15%1-1$1,870$40,8116Collective Eye
61Douchebag$1,663--2--$832$13,2294Paladin
62Down Terrace$1,662-46%1-1$1,662$8,0122Magnolia
63Restrepo$1,615-50%2-3$808$1,318,04318National Geographic
64Enemies of the People$1,504229%32$501$23,21413International Film Circuit
65The Extra Man$1,378-57%2-5$689$453,07913Magnolia
66Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,249-50%3-3$416$509,5459Music Box
67The Sicilian Girl$1,125111%21$563$67,19012Music Box
68Army of Crime$1,06472%10$1,064$31,29010Lorber
69Cherry$1,023-74%2-1$512$10,1493Abramorama
70Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$95040%10$950$51,81219The Film Desk
71Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$859-88%4-4$215$119,2797Lorber
72To the Sea$847--1--$847$43,68815Film Movement
73Breathless (2010 re-issue)$366-92%1-4$366$336,17422Rialto
74The Disappearance of Alice Creed$172-73%21$86$166,67112Anchor Bay
75Hideaway (2009)$134-93%2-3$67$29,4507Strand